North Vietnam is still ruled by communism but in the south, the hammer and sickle fades into capitalism that is gradually beginning to dominate all. One country and two lifestyles, Vietnam has opened up its borders. It is a country of beautiful landscapes, amicable people and a great cultural heritage.
Hanoi is North Vietnamís lively capital city, located in the north of the country and set amid the delta plains of the Red River. The Chua Mot Cot, 'One Pillar Pagoda' is one of the oldest religious buildings in Hanoi and is a temple built upon a single column in the centre of a small lake.
On the shores of the Song Huong Giang or 'Perfume River', in the heart of Vietnam, is a former royal city and todayís provincial capital of Hue. Nine mighty canons are the symbolic guards of the historic citadel. Beyond its defenses are 500 hectares that contain the Imperial City and also the Purple Forbidden City.
Da Nangís Museum of Cham Sculpture, contains a fine collection of Cham sculptures from the surrounding provinces. It boasts more than 300 exhibits divided into 10 rooms with sandstone deities, monsters and heavenly dancers.
With nearly 6 million inhabitants, Saigon is also known as Ho Chi Minh City.
The Jade Pagoda, the Temple of the Jade Emperor, highlights the countryís religious faith. The interior features Daoism in all its splendor and it was here that it all began, at the junction of the Ben Nghe Canal on the slowly flowing Saigon River.
Vietnam is a colorful land that still contains ancient tribes and exotic landscapes, a fascinating paradise located on the exotic edge of South East Asia!